London Trivia: Bear fight

On 9 September 1835 the Cruel Treatment of Cattle Act 1822 was amended to include bulls, dogs, bears, goats and sheep, to prohibit bear-baiting and cockfighting, which facilitated further legislation to protect animals which had fought in Southwark’s Bear Garden. A Tudor pastime, huge English Mastiff dogs would be let loose to attack a large bear that had had its teeth filed down and was chained to a stake in the centre of an open arena.

On 9 September 1915 at 10:40pm a Zeppelin bomb fell on The Dolphin, 44 Red Lion Street, Holborn killing three. The clock is frozen at that time

The last person to be executed at the Tower of London was German soldier Josef Jakobs in 1941, shot by a military firing squad

Until 1994 there were no ‘roads’ in the City, there’s now one, Goswell Road becoming part of the Square Mile in 1994 after boundary changes

On 9 September 2012 a dead stowaway was found in Portman Avenue, Mortlake, after trying to enter the country hiding in the landing gear of a plane

In the Old Red Lion, Islington Thomas Paine wrote The Rights of Man and Lenin eavesdropped on conversations via the dumb waiter lift shaft

Peter Cook lived at 17 Church Row, Hampstead where he regularly entertained friends such as Peter Sellars and Willie Rushton

Due to its status as a fashion Mecca and length, Regent Street is also referred to as the ‘Mile of Style’ as distinct from Oxford Street

The London 2012 Olympics organizers wanted Keith Moon to play at Olympics ceremony. They realized later that he had been dead for 34 years

Don’t believe the signs telling you how many steps there are: at Belsize Park Station the sign says 219 steps, but there are actually 189

In 1812 Bryan Donkin and John Hall set up the world’s first canning factory in Blue Anchor Lane, Bermondsey

On 9 September 1911 Gustav Hamel conveyed a bag of mail some 20 miles by air from Windsor to Hendon only one of four to make it that day

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